Mas­rour Barzani: In­de­pen­dence needs unity

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In an ex­clu­sive in­ter­view with the Kur­dis­tan TV chan­nel, Mas­rour Barzani, Head of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion’s Pro­tec­tion Agency, said Kur­dis­tan’s in­de­pen­dence is a very im­por­tant topic and it needs unity of all the po­lit­i­cal pow­ers and par­ties in Kur­dis­tan.

Dur­ing the in­ter­view, Barzani com­mented on a num­ber of top­ics, among them the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion and war on ter­ror­ism.

He said that as part of the re­gion, Kur­dis­tan is go­ing through a sen­si­tive sit­u­a­tion and a lot of se­cu­rity, eco­nomic and fi­nan­cial chal­lenges, but for­tu­nately it has suc­cess­fully passed them.

"Pesh­marga forces have been able to re­take ma­jor­ity of ar­eas con­trolled by ISIS and min­i­mize the threat of ISIS on Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, which is all a re­sult of their brav­ery and belief in their cause." How­ever, as Barzani said, Pesh­marga forces also need arms to guar­an­tee suc­cess against the ter­ror­ists, which they have not yet re­ceived suf­fi­cient and sat­is­fac­tory amount of from the coali­tion forces while they are fight­ing ter­ror­ism on be­half of the whole world.

Talk­ing about the is­sue of Kur­dis­tan’s pres­i­dency and con­sti­tu­tion, Barzani said "these are very im­por­tant top­ics and they are im­por­tant for all peo­ple not only a po­lit­i­cal group or an in­di­vid­ual, how­ever politi­ciz­ing this is­sue in such a sen­si­tive sit­u­a­tion when Pres­i­dent Barzani is at the front­lines and busy plan­ning with Pesh­marga forces, is not ra­tio­nal and wouldn’t serve Kur­dis­tan and its cause."

He also com­mented on the po­lit­i­cal sys­tem in Kur­dis­tan and ar­gued that it is a com­bi­na­tion of pres­i­den­tial and par­lia­men­tary sys­tem and this is com­pletely nor­mal con­sid­er­ing the needs and na­ture of the so­ci­ety.

Talk­ing about the topic of agree­ment among po­lit­i­cal groups and na­tional con­sen­sus in Kur­dis­tan, the Se­cu­rity Head said, "For is­sues with na­tional di­men­sions, they al­ways sup­port agree­ment among all po­lit­i­cal pow­ers in the re­gion."

Mr. Barzani's party, the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party, be­lieves that some is­sues should not be solved with num­bers, but rather the opin­ions of the mi­nor­ity should also be con­sid­ered.

“For in­stance the draft con­sti­tu­tion was ap­proved with an over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of 96 votes, but since the op­po­si­tion was against the draft, we re­turned it to the par­lia­ment since this was a na­tional is­sue and wanted the con­sent of all par­ties be­fore it was ap­proved.”

An­swer­ing a ques­tion about a state­ment he had made about the PKK’s ex­is­tence in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, Barzani said, "al­thogugh as a na­tion they have the right to de­fend and help each other, but the fact is that Kur­dis­tan is di­vided among dif­fer­ent coun­tries and the na­ture and sit­u­a­tion in each part is dif­fer­ent and these dif­fer­ences should be con­sid­ered."

“We thank all the groups and par­ties from each part of Kur­dis­tan who help us both po­lit­i­cally and mil­i­tar­ily in the fight against the ISIS, but we can­not ac­cept in­ter­fer­ence in ad­min­is­tra­tive is­sues and gov­er­nance of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion. PKK’s is­sue is some­where else and it doesn’t need to in­ter­fere in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, but rather should com­ply with the laws and reg­u­la­tions of Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.”

Ad­dress­ing the is­sue of Kur­dis­tan’s in­de­pen­dence, Barzani re­futed the claims that this is a po­lit­i­cal pro­pa­ganda used by Pres­i­dent Barzani or KDP, and said “this is our goal and a nat­u­ral right of the Kur­dis­tan peo­ple and Kur­dis­tan has to be­come in­de­pen­dent one day. How­ever, the way to­wards in­de­pen­dence is a process and it needs dif­fer­ent ways of work­ing for it depend­ing on dif­fer­ent stages and sit­u­a­tions.”

Barzani, how­ever, added that this is not some­thing that should or could be done uni­lat­er­ally. They are hop­ing to reach an agree­ment about this with all po­lit­i­cal groups in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion and also ne­go­ti­ate and dis­cuss this with other Iraqi groups.

“We are not the fac­tor be­hind Iraq’s di­vi­sion,” added Mas­rour Barzani. “You can see that Iraq is di­vided, ISIS is rul­ing the Sunni Arabs, the Shi­ites are rul­ing the Shi­ite Arabs, and Kurds are rul­ing Kur­dis­tan. Ad­di­tion­ally, as a na­tion the Kurds have the right to in­de­pen­dence and Pres­i­dent Barzani says this right has been taken from the Kurds and we need to re­take this le­git­i­mate right of ours.”

Barzani said that if all par­ties and groups are united and work to­gether, the Kur­dish in­de­pen­dence can be re­al­ized sooner than later.

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